Hybrid languages, translation and post-colonial challenges

Joshua M. Price, Martha Pulido (Traductora), María Constanza Guzmán (Traductora)

Abstract


Multilinguality, creolization and hybridisation are central phenomena of language. Languages bear the traces of creative borrowing, as well as forced changes as a consequence of domination. However, mainstream translation theory generally seems to presuppose a clear division between source language and target language. Why the persistence not to see the ways languages intermesh? In this essay I 1) argue the importance of multilinguality for translation theory, 2) suggest that the theoretical insistence in not seeing the way languages intermesh is grounded in an Occidentalist preoccupation with I/Other relations which require strict dichotomization and 3) disrupt the dichotomy with insurgent texts and voices which countermand the tendency to erase any kind of linguistic mixing. I conclude by proposing a methodology for taking fuller stock of the play of power and the plurality.

Received: 08-04-07 / Accepted: 06-08-07

How to reference this article:

Price, J. M. (2007). Lenguas híbridas, traducción y desafíos poscoloniales. Íkala. 12(1), pp. 61 – 93.


Keywords


translation, translation studies, postcolonialism, multilinguality, hybridization, creolization, dichotomous thinking

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